A 40-year-old Long Beach man was arrested Thursday in connection with the sexual battery of a teenager, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
The incident was reported on a sidewalk in North Long Beach earlier this week, authorities said Friday.
On Monday at 2:42 p.m., officers responded to the area of Atlantic Avenue and Market Street after receiving reports of a sexual battery. There, they spoke to a teenager, who had been reportedly walking on the sidewalk when a man came up behind her, “sexually battered her, and tried to pick her up,” according to a statement from the LBPD.
“The victim screamed and the suspect fled before officers arrived,” police said.
Through an investigation, detectives identified Nabil Shaheed as the suspect. He was arrested Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and booked on one count of false imprisonment with intent to commit rape, one count of kidnapping and one count of kidnap with intent to rape, police said. His bail was set at $100,000.
Police believe there could be more victims associated with the suspect. Victims or anyone with information are urged to contact the Sex Crimes Detail at 562-570-7368. Anonymous tips can be submitted to LA Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or by visiting this website.